You want out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, reconnect with nature, and maybe even find (at least parts of) yourself along the way. But let's face it, even the most seasoned hikers can use a little extra help to make their adventures smoother and more enjoyable. That's why we've gathered some not-so-common hiking hacks to keep you engaged while conquering those trails. So grab your boots, your lack of self-esteem, and let's dive in:

  1. "Snack Attack": The Art of Trailside Fueling When you're out in the wilderness, you need fuel to keep going. But forget those boring energy bars; it's time to take snacking to a whole new level! Pack an assortment of snacks that will make your taste buds do a happy dance. Think trail mix with a splash of gummy bears, a bag of chips that doubles as a musical instrument, or even a sandwich that surprises you with a hidden pickle. Trust us, laughter and delicious snacks go hand in hand on the trail! What a larf.

  2. "Socks and Sandals": Embrace the Fashionista Within Who says hiking can't be fashionable? Embrace your inner trailblazing fashionista by sporting the ultimate hiker's ensemble: socks and sandals. Yes, you read it right! Those trusty hiking socks deserve to be shown off with pride, and what better way to do that than pairing them with your favorite sandals? Not only will you be turning heads on the trail, but you'll also avoid those pesky blisters. Talk about a win-win situation! (NB dry weather only).

  3. "Nature's Bathroom": Answering the Call of the Wild Let's talk about the inevitable, the call of nature. When nature calls, it's time to answer, but it doesn't have to be a daunting experience. Remember, you're in the great outdoors, so embrace your inner bear (not literally). Find a secluded spot, be respectful of the environment, and let nature be your bathroom. Just make sure you bring a roll of toilet paper and leave no trace behind. Plus, the stories and scars you'll have to share afterwards are worth their weight in gold. Liberty.

  4. "Backcountry Beats": The Power of a Portable Dance Party Sometimes, the trail can feel a bit monotonous, especially on those long hikes. That's when you need a portable dance party to keep your spirits high. Create a hiking playlist that's full of upbeat tunes, and when the going gets tough, put on your headphones, turn up the volume, and let loose. Trust us, there's nothing quite like dancing through the forest like nobody's watching. Who knows, you might even encounter some woodland creatures eager to join your dance-off! Keep it to headphones, no-one else wants to hear your George Michael compliation.

  5. "The Safety Ninja": Be Prepared, But Don't Forget the Drama While safety should always be a top priority when hiking, that doesn't mean you can't add a touch of drama to it. Create an emergency kit with all the essentials—first aid supplies, a whistle, a flashlight, and a reflective blanket. But here's the twist: wrap everything in a bright pink feather boa or put on a superhero cape to channel your inner safety ninja. Not only will you be prepared for any situation, but you'll also make a fashion statement that even nature will applaud.

Hiking is about embracing the wonders of nature, challenging yourself, and having a great time while doing it. These top five hiking hacks will not only make your adventures more enjoyable but also remind you to bring a sense of humor along for the ride.

So, go forth, explore those trails, and don't forget to love everyone around you.

May 29, 2023 — Hez Ninja

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